FOS11 Newsletter, Volume #6, Issue #11November 29, 2007

Welcome | Issues Update | Upcoming Events | Resources | Contact Us | Donate

Families of September 11 is now operating as the For Action Initiative. The web pages on this site are available for informational purposes only. Please visit us at www.foractioninitiative.org.

Welcome

As we look back over this year, we take a moment to assess how far we have come as a community and look to the future for how we can continue our recovery and build resiliency in ourselves and our families.  At FOS11, we continue to be grateful for your candid feedback and are thankful to those who participated in our recent membership survey, conducted by the Center for Survey Research and Analysis at the University of Connecticut. This information will continue to inform the strategic direction of FOS11.  A one-page summary of the survey findings can be found here.  With 70% of those surveyed indicating that they would continue to be active members for five more years, FOS11 will continue to dedicate resources for our member programs.  This underscores our commitment to being a trusted resource and source of support for families that have been affected by trauma.

Over the next month, we will be conducting our annual appeal (via both email and direct mail) to our members and the concerned public. We are sincerely thankful for all the support we have received over the years. With your help our organization has grown in strength and reach to embrace a broad community and we reach out, gladly to those who need us. It is our legacy to our loved ones. If you would like to donate, you may send a check or money order to our office at: Families of September 11, 1560 Broadway, Suite 305, New York, NY 10036. You may also donate online through the Network for Good Giving system. In recognition of your gift, we will send you a 9/11 commemorative wrist band. We are proud to have the FOS11 Remember Honor Hope wrist band included by Stacy Rapacon at Kiplinger as one of 14 recommended gift ideas to support charities at the holidays.  Do your holiday shopping and donate to a good cause at the same time!  To read the article, ‘Give a Gift, Save the World’ click here. Families of September 11 is a 501(c)(3) organization and all contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law. Families of September 11 is an accredited charity and is a member of the Better Business Bureau Seal Program, which indicates that our organization has met the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. For more information about the Standards, please visit the BBB of Metro New York’s website.

Issues Update

WTC Health Update

  • World Trade Center Health Registry Public Meeting
    FOS11 staff attended the WTC Health Registry Public meeting this month, which took place at Pace University. FOS11 was among the dozens of organizations at the resource fair. Health department researchers presented recent findings from the WTC Health Registry initial survey conducted in 2003 and 2004. In addition, new findings on children exposed to the WTC disaster was discussed at the meeting. The survey found that children under five had an increased likelihood of being diagnosed with asthma in the 2-3 years following the event. Click here to read more. There were presentations from organizations including the WTC Environmental Health Center at Bellevue Hospital, the WTC Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program at Mount Sinai and the NY State Workers’ Compensation Board. To learn more about these issues, visit the DOHMH 9/11 Health website linked below.
  • NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) 9/11 Health Website
    This website provides information about scientific research and services for people who may have health problems related to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.  The latest updates include:
    * New state law increases disability and death benefits for private EMTs and paramedics who served at Ground Zero. Click here to link to the DOHMH 9/11 Health website and read more.
    * Mayor Bloomberg signs legislation that could expedite processing of WTC –  related disability applications for FDNY members. Click here to read  more.
    * The WTC Health Registry follow-up survey is due by December 31, 2007. Last year, the Health Department sent a follow-up  survey to all 71,000 individuals enrolled in the WTC Health Registry to learn  more about their health status six years later. To date, about 44,000 enrollees  (65%) have responded, however response rates have been lowest among  those who lived or worked closest to the WTC site, Spanish and Chinese speakers, and young adults. Those who have yet to complete the survey are urged to do so by the end of the year. The deadline for the children’s and teens’ survey is March 31, 2008. This survey asks about health conditions that have emerged in children since the disaster, including coughing and asthma, as well as symptoms such as nightmares. The results can be used to improve  clinical care for the youngest people caught in this or future disasters. Click here to read  more about the child/adolescent survey.
  • WTC Rescue and Recovery Workers Get One Year Extension to File for Worker's Compensation 
    The August 14, 2007 deadline to register for 9/11 worker's compensation for personnel who worked at ground zero has been extended for one year to August 14, 2008. The new law also allows anyone who already filed a claim - but was turned down because the claim was filed too late - to re-file. If you do not register, you will not be able to file or re-file a claim.  Registering now will protect your right to file a workers’ compensation claim if you become sick at any time in the future. Click here to read a fact sheet regarding Workers’ Compensation Registration.  Click http://www.nycosh.org/environment_wtc/WTC/WTC-12%5B1%5D.pdf to download the Claim Form and Instructions. People who need assistance in filing or who have questions can receive help by going to the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) website at:  http://www.nycosh.org/index_workers_comp.html  or by contacting NYCOSH's  24/7 hotline at (866) 982-2556.

Families of September 11 encourages all those who feel their health was affected by the terror attacks of 9/11 to visit our website Health Resources page to keep abreast of new developments. The Health Resources page contains up to date information on the latest news articles, medical reports, and treatment resources related to 9/11 health issues.
http://www.familiesofseptember11.org/resources.aspx?s=33

Ground Zero Update

  • Search for Human Remains at the WTC Site
    The latest update from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner includes the November 16th WTC operational stats report. Click here to view the report. For more information regarding identification of remains and protocols, please contact the OCME’s WTC Unit at (212) 447-7884.

FOS11 Continues to Make Progress to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism
Turning the “D” into an “A” – A FOS11/NTI Public Awareness Project
As mentioned in earlier newsletters, FOS11 is involved in a collaborative effort with the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) in Washington, D.C. to raise public awareness through a national education campaign that seeks to encourage citizens to take action in reducing the risk of nuclear terrorism. Strong emphasis has been placed on communicating with legislators, universities, national organizations and the general public to raise awareness of the threat of nuclear terrorism, and of what people can do to prevent it, and outreach this fall included trips to Des Moines, Iowa, Tampa / St. Petersburg, Florida and Columbia, South Carolina. Next week, Mayor Frank Guinta of Manchester, NH is hosting a screening of the nuclear terrorism docu-drama "Last Best Chance" followed by a panel discussion with experts.  The event takes place at 6pm on Monday, December 3rd at the Manchester Public Library (405 Pine St.) and will include participation from the Manchester Fire Chief, terrorism expert Michael Hurley and Families of September 11 founder, Carie Lemack. Last week, Michael Hurley and Carie Lemack took part in a screening of "Last Best Chance" with a panel discussion that was hosted by Senator Casey at the University of Pittsburgh.  Experts discussed how students and audience members could help prevent nuclear terrorism.  We look forward to future events in states around the country and hope you will be able to attend one near you.

Public service announcements about nuclear terrorism prevention are currently running on television stations around the country.  These announcements urge the general public to visit the informational website www.saferworld.org, which offers the latest information on nuclear terrorism issues and, most importantly, offers suggestions on what the public can do to keep nuclear materials out of the hands of terrorists. The public service announcements utilize the presence and comments by three FOS11 family members, Nancy Aronson, Carie Lemack and Elinor Stout. You can view any of these PSAs here. You can also use the www.saferworld.org website to automatically send a FAX to your local television stations urging them to air the PSAs. More than 1,000 messages have already been sent. To date, the ads have been shown in all 50 states – most recently in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Texas and New York. Call us (212) 575-1878 or email info@familiesofseptember11.org to let us know if you have seen any of the PSAs air on your television station. We welcome your help! If you are interested in holding a screening of “Last Best Chance” in your community, asking your local television to air the public service announcements or learning more about the program and what you can do to help prevent nuclear terrorism, please visit the www.saferworld.org website. 

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Volunteer Speakers Program Update
Families of September 11, in partnership with Transportation Security Administration and The Camilla Group had two speaking events in New York this month at JFK and LaGuardia airport. (Stay tuned for updates on schedule information and more locations). FOS11 family member volunteers provided the following account of their experience speaking to TSO’s in NY: ”The response from the TSO’s was phenomenal! This event really helped them. Many said they only hear negative comments, and were really bolstered by the positive feedback.”

If you would like to be a part of this program, email info@familiesofseptember11.org. If you decide to volunteer, you will work closely with FOS11 staff. We will assist your preparation for the event and offer talking points and training to help you tell your story. To date, these events have been attended by over 500 TSA personnel in Washington DC, Miami, FL, New Orleans, LA, Baltimore, MD, Boston, MA, Orlando, FL, Chicago, IL, Houston, TX, Birmingham, AL, Reston, VA and most recently, New York, NY. We invite you to join us and participate in this program! If you are unable to participate but would like to show your appreciation for the work of the TSO’s, we encourage you to download our thank you card to hand out at check-in/screening areas on your next visit to the airport. Download and print the thank you card in color or black and white. Learn more about this program by visiting our website at www.familiesofseptember11.org/tsa.aspx.

Upcoming Events

FOS11 Calendar
Go to the FOS11 calendar for an updated list of events.

Register Now for the Next FOS11 Chat –- Tuesday, December 11, 2007
With the holiday season upon us, many people see this as a joyous time -- a time to gather with friends and loved ones and celebrate the season. However for some, the holidays may bring along feelings of anxiety and stress. How do you manage your expectations for the holidays? For the next chat, we will continue this discussion from our last session, “Managing Expectations for the Holidays.” Please join your peers in the 9/11 community on Tuesday, December 11, 2007 from 8pm-9pm EDT. Enroll now: https://www.familiesofseptember11.org/chat2/membership_form.asp?chatID=121107. For directions using the actual screens you will see when you enroll, click here.

Flight 93 Memorial Dedication in Union City, CA
Union City's staff and city council will have the dedication of the Flight 93 Memorial in Union City, CA on December 8, 2007. The dedication will begin at 11:00 AM and will be open to the public. The memorial is at the Sugar Mill Landing Park, which is located on the back side of the Union Landing Shopping Center, Union City, California. The Park is at the corner of Alvarado-Niles and Dyer Streets. For more information, visit the website www.flight93memorialsfb.com

Our Voices Together – Find/Host a Forum Near You
Our Voices Together is hosting Safer, More Compassionate World Forums across the United States. These forums will explore comprehensive approaches to counterterrorism beyond governmental policies and actions, and highlight ways citizens can engage constructively in what the 9/11 Commission termed the "Agenda of Opportunity:" education, employment, and the possibility for a brighter tomorrow. This month, the League of Women Voters sponsored forums at Santa Monica College, CA and at Illinois State University in Normal, IL. Next month, the League of Women Voters of South Bend, IN will host a forum at Indiana University on December 1st and the League of Women Voters of Cleveland will host a forum at the University of Akron in Cleveland, OH on December 5th. For more information or to attend the forum in California, contact Elizabeth Bennion at ebennion@iusb.edu. Contact Sharon McGraw at sharonmcgraw@lwvcef.org for the forum in Ohio. For more information on cities and dates visit the website www.ourvoicestogether.org.

Traveling Exhibition for the National September 11 Memorial & Museum
The exhibition pays tribute to the victims and heroes of 9/11 and is traveling around the nation to raise awareness and funds for the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center. Individuals and communities across the country will also have the chance to contribute directly to this historic effort by signing a steel beam that will be used in the construction of the National September 11 Memorial. The exhibition includes a detailed timeline of the events, photographs, artifacts and a short film. This month, the tour has traveled to Little Rock, AR, Memphis, TN, Oklahoma City, OK, and Fort Worth, TX. The national tour is heading out to its final cities (Jackson, MS, Birmingham, AL, Atlanta, GA and Tampa, FL) in December. Respected dignitaries and first responders will be on hand for the opening ceremonies. Families interested in attending the opening ceremonies may RSVP to Erin Duggan at (212) 445-8238  or emduggan@webershandwick.com. Visit the website for more information. www.national911memorial.org

*Jackson, MS: December 1st and 2nd from 10:00AM – 6:00PM
The event will take place at the south side of the Mississippi State Capital on Mississippi Street between N. Congress and N. President St.  Families are especially welcome during opening ceremonies, at 10 a.m. Dec. 1.

*Birmingham, AL: December 6th from 10:00AM – 6:00PM
The event will take place at 20th Street between 8th Ave. N and Park Place (next to Linn Park).  Families are especially welcome during opening ceremonies, at 10 a.m. Dec. 6. 

*Atlanta, GA: December 8th and 9th from 10:00AM – 6:00PM
The event will take place at Piedmont Park (exact location to be determined).  Families are especially welcome during opening ceremonies, at 10 a.m. Dec. 8. 

*Tampa, FL: December 15th and 16th
Opening ceremonies will be held December 15, likely at 10 a.m. The location has yet to be determined but since Tampa is the final stop on the tour, Mayor Bloomberg is expected to be in attendance.

StoryCorps MobileBooth Stops in Santa Monica, CA and Boston, MA in December
StoryCorps is a national oral history project that records the stories of everyday Americans. Family members, friends, and coworkers are invited to share and record memories of their loved ones whose lives were lost. They are also recording the stories of survivors, first responders, witnesses, and anyone else closely impacted by September 11th. Participants receive a high-quality recording to share with family and friends. And with permission from participants, each interview will be archived at the National September 11 Memorial Museum and the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Each recording takes an hour, and participants are encouraged to bring a family member or friend. Some participants wish to review their list of "911 Suggested Questions": http://www.storycorps.net/special-initiatives/september-11th. Participants are also welcomed to think of their own questions and content. StoryCorps MobileBooth will be in Santa Monica, CA now til December 8th, located on the 3rd Street Promenade in the 1200 Block, just south of Wilshire Boulevard. The Mobile Booth will also stop in Boston, MA from December 2nd to December 8th, located in front of the Boston Public Library at 700 Boylston Street on Copley Square. To make reservations at any of these locations, or to arrange a day of field recordings at a location of your choice, please contact Amy Paul at (646) 723-7020 ext. 202 or email apaul@storycorps.net.

Tribute Center Events
Public Program: Giving the Gift of Thoughtful Words
December 9, 2007 – 2:30-5:00 pm
Visitors will add their words to a poetic Tribute to those lost on 9/11 and their families in a day-long workshop facilitated by poet Angelo Verga.  The completed poem will be displayed in Tribute during the holidays and posted on their website www.tributenyc.org.

Tribute Center Daily Walking Tours
The Tribute Center is a project of the September 11th Widows and Victims' Families' Association. They offer daily public tours around the perimeter of the World Trade Center site led by people who lost loved ones, survivors of the attacks, lower Manhattan residents and workers, rescue workers, and volunteers who came to help. Each tour gives an overview of the events of February 26, 1993 and September 11, 2001 and provides an opportunity for visitors to hear their guide’s personal experiences. Tours start at 120 Liberty Street and last approximately one hour. To reserve your spot on a tour, please visit the center approximately 1 hour before tour time to pick up tickets. Registration fee is $10.00 per person; children under 12 are admitted free. For more information, email volunteer@tributenyc.org or visit their website at http://www.tributewtc.org/. Schedule: Sundays- Fridays 11:00 AM, 12:00 noon, 1:00 PM & 3:00 PM EST; Saturdays 11:00 AM; 12:00 PM; 1:00 PM; 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM and 4:00PM EST.

Resources

Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and the Department of Education Launch Ready New York for Kids
OEM and the Department of Education introduced an emergency preparedness program for children. Ready New York for Kids has two versions - one for elementary school kids and one for middle and high schoolers. The guides are available in nine languages. People can receive hard copies by calling 311 (TTY: 212-504-4115) or you can download the guides here.

NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene 9/11 Health Website
The site’s key features include: Health information targeted to each affected group (workers, residents, etc.); Detailed information on where to get evaluation and treatment, including the three WTC Centers of Excellence; A compilation of all scientific literature and information about ongoing research; Links to financial assistance providers, social-service and environmental groups, and other groups working on issues related to 9/11; Resources for health care professionals. Visit the website at http://www.nyc.gov/9-11healthinfo.

World Trade Center Health Registry Resource Guide
Prepared by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, this guide offers information about health services and other resources for people affected by the attacks on the World Trade Center. Click here to view the resource guide. The World Trade Center Health Registry, the largest public health registry in U.S. history, was launched in 2003 to track the health of people exposed to the collapse of the World Trade Center and those who worked at the WTC site. The registry is a collaborative effort involving the Health Department, the CDC's Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), with funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Click here to visit the WTC Health Registry website.

LifeNet (NYC)
If you or someone you know in the New York City area is suffering with emotional or substance abuse problems, LifeNet can help. LifeNet counselors are available, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day and speak a variety of languages. LifeNet is a program of the Mental Health Association of NYC, Inc. To learn more about LifeNet click here. You can reach LifeNet by calling any one of the toll-free, anonymous hotlines:

  • (800) LifeNet (800) 543-3638 (English) 
  • (877) Ayudese (877) 298-3373 (Spanish)   
  • (877) 990-8585 (Asian LifeNet)  
  • (212) 982-5284 (TTY) 

For information about nationally available mental health support outside of New York State, click here.

Remember. Honor. Hope.
FOS11 offers a wrist band, in hope for a better future. Click here to learn more.

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